De Lima: 3rd batch of pork barrel 'scam' cases ready

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2014 02:03 PM | Updated as of Apr 05 2014 02:57 AM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to file two more cases involving the misuse of public funds, one of which pertains to the siphoning of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers, or the third PDAF scam-related complaint.

De Lima bared she recently met with Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez, and NBI Special Task Force chief Rolando Argabioso to finalize the complaints.

The justice chief earlier announced that the third batch of PDAF scam cases will be filed after the Office of the Ombudsman resolves the first complaint -- pertaining to the plunder and other graft charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramond "Bong" Revilla Jr., and Jinggoy Estrada, and several others.

The Ombudsman has resolved the complaints against the three senators, alleged scam brains Janet Lim Napoles, and several others, and announced its recommendation for their indictment last April 1.

"Nag-inventory na kami kung ano na yung mga pwede isunod. May two sets, tinitingnan namin kung ano pwede unahin," De Lima told reporters in a chance interview.

Several lawmakers, not previously charged in the first and second batch of PDAF scam cases, will be named respondents in the third complaint, as well as Napoles, and officials of implementing agencies used in the misuse of the funds, De Lima hinted.

She remained mum on the nature of the second "set" or second complaint the NBI is preparing.

De Lima and PDAF scam case private complainant Atty Levito Baligod earlier announced that apart from the misuse of lawmakers' PDAF, nine other anomalies involving special purpose funds have been discovered by witnesses.

The scam involving the special purpose funds allegedly involves some P5.6 billion in misused public funds.